A report reveals the scenarios for a second lockdown haunted the government.
The threat of a second lockdown hovers over Austria like a specter in view of the increasing corona numbers. But the government cannot impose it at will. It is stipulated by law that this would mean the collapse of the health system or a comparable catastrophe. It’s not that far yet.
145 intensive care beds occupied
Corona patients currently occupy 145 intensive care beds, writes the “Kurier”. A collapse would threaten if 40 percent, i.e. 800 beds, of the total of 2,000 were occupied.
The newspaper learned from the government that this “magical limit” could be reached in early or mid-December if the number of infections continues to rise – in the middle of the Christmas business.
If the number of new infections every day remains roughly at the current level, there is no threat of lockdown. Especially if the age structure doesn’t change. This is what simulation researcher Niki Popper says.
Development cannot be ruled out
As experts at the Complexity Science Hub have calculated, however, it becomes critical when the number of new infections daily is between 5,000 and 8,000 or even more for two weeks. According to the complexity researcher Peter Klimek, such a development cannot be ruled out in the long term.
Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Health Minister Rudi Anschober (Greens) swear that it is up to the population to prevent a second lockdown. The evolution of the numbers will show.